Explore the mysterious temples of the Khmer Empire on a full-day tour of Banteay Srey and Kulen Mountain from Siem Reap. See intricate bas reliefs, learn about sugar palm production at a local village, watch a traditional Apsara dance, and more.
What to Expect
Experience the rich culture of Cambodia on this full-day tour of the sacred Kulen Mountain, birthplace of the Khmer Empire, where you will see thousands of linga carvings. Continue to the ancient temple of Bantaey Srey, one of the most unique temples of the Angkor complex.
Following a hotel pick-up in Siem Reap, drive to Phnom Kulen mountain, widely regarded as the site of the beginnings of the ancient Khmer Empire. The isolated chain of mountain plateaux lies south of the Dângrêk Mountains, approximately 29 miles (48 kilometers) north of Siem Reap. Considered a holy mountain in Cambodia, it is of special religious significance and a place of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists.
The site of thousands of Linga carvings under the water stream, among the highlights you will explore are the 16th-century statue of a Grand Reclining Buddha, and the cascades of the Big Waterfall.
After lunch by the waterfall, continue to Bantaey Srey temple, which once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom. Considered a jewel of Khmer art, you will admire the carvings in the temple’s red sandstone walls, and see ornate pediments that depict Khmer myths and legends.
Return to Siem Reap for a buffet dinner, stoppin en route at traditional villages to learn about sugar palm production, time permitting. Enjoy a traditional Apsara Dance show, and marvel at the graceful poise, and ornamental costumes of the dancers as you dine.
- Pick-up and drop off at hotels in Siem Reap
- Transportation with driver
- English-speaking guide
- Drinking water and cool towels
What's Not Included
- Tips and personal expenses
- Food and drink
- Buffet dinner with the Apsara Dance Show
- Any other service not mentioned in the program
Know Before You Go
• Cancellation policy: no show - 100% charge; cancellation 1 week to 1 day before tour - 50% charge; 2-1 week before tour - 30% of tour price; 3-2 weeks before tour - 10 % of tour price; 4 weeks or more - no charge